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Parsons paying for attack ads against former employee’s competition for Governor.
GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is lending a helping hand to his former employee Christine Jones.
Jones, who was GoDaddy’s general counsel, is now running for governor of Arizona.
Parsons said he has already spent $1M funding Better Leaders for Arizona, which is running attack ads against competitor Doug Ducey. He might spend more.
Parsons’ role in the ads was suspected after one of the ads was connected to a marketing and advertising firm he purchased.
According to AZCentral, Parsons decided to out his funding after Ducey attacked Jones during a debate as “a line employee at GoDaddy with no leadership experience.”
Say what you want about Jones’ tenure at GoDaddy, but she certainly wasn’t just a line employee.
Jones jumps headfirst into politics with gubernatorial bid.
Christine Jones, former General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for GoDaddy, announced that she will run for Governor of Arizona.
Jones left the company last year after a decade in high profile roles at the fast growing domain name registrar and web services firm.
Having a leading role at a company that created thousands of jobs in the state will no doubt help her bid.
Jones and other GoDaddy executives have a history of backing Republican politicians. In 2008 Jones acted as a “bundler” for John McCain, raising $29,050. During the 2012 election cycle, The GoDaddy.com PAC donated primarily to republican candidates, and Go Daddy founder Bob Parsons chipped in $1 million to Mitt Romney’s PAC.
Politics being what it is, I suspect a couple things that happened during her tenure will be brought up on the campaign trail. First, she was a supporter of the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA, which eventually died after a massive online uprising. Second, she played a role in GoDaddy’s controversial Super Bowl commercials. I mean that literally – she had a cameo in the company’s 2009 “Enhancement” commercial, sitting next to Danica Patrick. That might not sit well with some conservative Republican voters.
Although her legal position at GoDaddy often put her in the crossfires, even some domain industry professionals who had disagreements with her over the years have told me they have the utmost respect for her.
Major changes at the top of the world’s largest domain name registrar.
In late 2011 Go Daddy closed on an investment from KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures.
We all knew changes would result, but how they manifested themselves in the C-suite was a big story this year.
When the investment closed last year, Go Daddy founder Bob Parsons stepped down from the CEO position and tapped longtime Go Daddy president Warren Adelman to fill his shoes.
The first big executive change under Adelman’s leadership was the departure of general counsel Christine Jones.
It was the next person to go that was a big shocker: Adelman himself.
He announced his departure after just seven months as CEO.
Adelman was replaced by Scott Wagner, a member of KKR’s portfolio operations team, on an interim basis.
Last week Go Daddy announced it has found its new CEO — former Yahoo! Chief Product Officer Blake Irving.
It recently named two more senior executives, which means a transition is in full effect.
It all points to a 2013 where a PE-backed Go Daddy goes long on acquisitions, product line expansion, and international growth.
A long time fixture at Go Daddy is moving on.
Christine Jones, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Go Daddy, will leave the company Friday after 10 years.
Jones managed all legal affairs for the company and frequently represented the company as a witness at congressional hearings. She was a key player at the company and the industry given her role in lobbying in Washington. She even had a cameo in GoDaddy’s 2009 “enhancement” Super Bowl commercial.
During her ten years at the company she watched it grow from a small startup to a multi-billion dollar company, including taking on an investment from PE firms last year.
But her tenure wasn’t always smooth sailing. Most recently, Jones got caught up in SOPA as she originally testified to congress in favor of the bill. GoDaddy later relented and changed its stance on the bill, but its position resulted in a good number of customers transferring their domains to competitors.
Go Daddy drops .cn, but Chinese can still register domain names at the registrar.
In a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China today in Washington, Go Daddy Group Executive Vice-President and General Counsel Christine Jones explained that the company will no longer offer .cn domain names under strict requirements imposed by China.
On January 5, .Cn registry CNNIC announced without warning that non-Chinese registrars were no longer allowed to register .cn domain names to customers. This was part of a crack down on criminal activity and, most likely, free speech on .cn domain names. It then re-opened registration to registrars such as Arizona-based Go Daddy, but required them to collect a color headshot photo identification, business identification (including a Chinese business registration number), and physical signed registration forms from the registrant.
In light of the new requirements, Go Daddy decided to not re-introduce .cn registrations on its site.
But that’s where things get bad. China also required the 1,200 registrants who have registered 27,000 .cn domain names at Go Daddy to provide the same information — headshot, ID, and signed registration forms — or risk losing their domain names. Jones testified that only about 20% of Go Daddy customers provided this information and the others are at risk of losing their domain names.
Some media reports today are suggesting that Go Daddy will no longer offer registrations in China. But to be clear, it is merely dropping .cn as a registration option. Chinese citizens can still register unrestricted domain names such as .com through Go Daddy.
ICANN does not have control over what countries do with country code top level domain names. Other countries have made similarly retro-active moves, such as Argentina retroactively limiting the number of domains that could be registered.